Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash #SundaySupper

In between the mashed potatoes, buttered rolls and heavenly desserts, let’s lighten things up just a little bit with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash.  I promise you won’t miss those mashed potatoes too much! 

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Welcome to November, aka the last two months of the year where all your favorite foods come out to party and you do your best to make sure you can still fit in your pants the next.

It’s the truth folks, let’s not really dance around it.

November and December are probably the most difficult months out of the year to eat healthy.  We’ve got Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, holiday parties, New Years Eve, Christmas cookies and more leftovers than your refrigerator can handle.

Plus the food is good, it’s really good.  I mean are you really going to pass up that bowl of perfectly creamy mashed potatoes with that well of melted butter in the center.  No. I didn’t think so, neither will I.

Some control needs to be taken though, we certainly can’t live off decadent foods for 2 months straight.  Well, at least I can’t, can you?

So I think it’s a pretty good thing that #SundaySupper is sharing recipes to lighten up the holidays today.  Many of these recipes would be great new additions to your holiday menus or even some lightened up seasonal meals to cook up during the week.

Fresh Cauliflower from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

I first tasted – hesitantly I might add – cauliflower mash at a cooking class I took last December.  I love cauliflower, it’s one of my go-to vegetables during the winter, as I quickly roast it up and toss it in everything.

I know cauliflower is sort of the wonder vegetable, replacing pizza dough, rice, faux steak but really I just loved it as is.

Who are you to replace my mashed potatoes with this impostor?

I ate it though and I liked it but I never made it again until this past September when I did my month of Whole30.  It was time to break that old roasted cauliflower habit and try something new.

You know what? This stuff is good, it’s really good and it’s really easy to make.   Plus it’ll make your paleo and low-carb friends happy at the holiday table.

I’m not telling you to completely swap out mashed cauliflower for your mashed potatoes but perhaps add a second bowl at your Thanksgiving day table.

Roasted Garlic from The Girl In The Little Red KItchen

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash
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  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted or clarified butter
  • kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel away the excess outer paper from the garlic and with a sharp knife cut about 1/4 inch off the top of the head of the garlic to expose the cloves.
  3. Place the garlic in a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with the olive out. Seal the aluminum foil around the garlic into a little pouch and place in the oven. Roast for 40-45 minutes or until the garlic is soft and starts to caramelize and become sticky. You can choose to roast it for longer to develop a dark color or leave it as when it is a light amber.
  4. Remove and let cool.
  5. Insert a steamer basket into a medium size pot and fill with about 3 inches of water or until it just touches the bottom of your steamer. Place the cauliflower florets in the steamer, cover and steam on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes or until a knife easily pierces through the steam of the cauliflower.
  6. In a small saucepan bring the stock and butter to a simmer.
  7. Transfer the steam cauliflower to your food processor and pulse until it breaks up. Take your roasted garlic and squeeze from the root end to get out all the garlic into your food processor.
  8. Pour in the stock and melted butter and continue to process until smooth.
  9. Season generously with kosher salt and black pepper before serving.
Recipe Type: Side dish, vegetable

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37 thoughts on “Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash #SundaySupper

  1. The Ninja Baker

    I’ve seen all kinds of recipes for faux mashed potatoes using cauliflower. And yours, Susan, with the addition of the roasted garlic looks exceptionally good! Thank you for the great recipe =) P.s. Have you tried the pretty purple cauliflower, too? Tastes the same but looks very pretty on the plate =)

    1. Susan Palmer

      I certainly have. I usually buy up all the colors of cauliflower! I currently have the green romanesco at home now. 🙂

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  6. Tara

    What a magnificent head of cauliflower and a gorgeous mash. I am so into cauliflower lately, can’t get enough. Will have to make this soon!!

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  14. Liz

    Whoa, does this look amazing. I’d pick this over mashed potatoes any day (though I have to serve both at Thanksgiving or there’d be a revolt!).

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  16. Hezzi-D

    I have yet to make cauliflower mash but I really need too. I love the full head of garlic you added for flavor. I’m of the opinion that you can never add too much garlic!

  17. Shaina

    My Bubby was the one to introduce me to cauliflower mash and I’ve loved it ever since. Your roasted garlic version sounds INCREDIBLE. But seriously, anything made with roasted garlic just has to be good.

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  23. Gabrielle

    This is amazing! I literally just finished making it. I steamed in the microwave steamer, but followed everything else to a ‘T’. Thank you for the recipe & BRAVO!


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